"Release the Dogs"
November 13, 2006
Chuck Lorre & Lee Aronsohn (teleplay)
Susan Beavers & Jim Patterson (story) Release the dogs is the 8th episode of Season 4. It aired on November 13, 2006.
After a bout with insomnia,
Alan is escorted home from a midnight run on the beach by the local sheriff's department. Jake fights back when Charlie goes back on his word about not dating his friend's mother.
Alan can't sleep and takes Charlie's advice about jogging. With Alan's luck, it ends with being arrested by police, mistaken for an escaping criminal. When he seeks psychiatric help, Dr.
Linda Freeman looks down on the chiropractor, demands prompt payment and suggests his key problem is jealousy of good brother Charlie who 'never bears the consequences of his love life'. When Charlie is forced by Alan to babysit Jake and his friend/crush Taylor, he promises Jake not to date her mother Kelly (the surest way to make the boy's social life even more isolated), well after seeing her that is if Jake waxes his car. Charlie is caught kissing anyhow on Taylor's web-cam; Jake's revenge proves to be Alan's dream medicine. Jake drops slime on Charlie who pursues him, only to get into the same situation as Alan. Alan watches with delight from the porch.
· The scene in which Alan and later Charlie run on the beach. References The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) where David Hasselhoff runs on the beach to save SpongeBob and Patrick.
· Alan hums Chariots of Fire (1982)'s theme.
· Alan tells the therapist he is 2 years younger than Charlie. In real life, Jon Cryer is 5 months older than Charlie Sheen.
Title quotation from
A police dispatcher (on two different occasions). When Alan was taking a run along the shore, mistaking him for a crook and when Charlie was going to kill Jake after he covered him with green slime. Also said by Alan, while watching the event.
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